Police captured a man suspected of murdering a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper on Thanksgiving.
The fatal shooting occurred when Trooper Damon Allen, 41, made a traffic stop in Interstate-45 in Freestone County, CNN reported.
— Ali Alemdar (@aali_alemdar) November 24, 2017
Trooper Allen approached the car and then returned to his cruiser. That’s when the suspect, Darbrett Black, allegedly used a rifle to fire several shots, killing the officer.
#BREAKING One in custody. Darbrett Black has been arrested for the shooting death of a Texas State Trooper earlier today. Great job to all of the law enforcement agencies involved ????♂️??♂️??♂️??♀️??♀️??♀️?? pic.twitter.com/KtnmEEPmRW
— Denton County DA (@DentonCountyDA) November 24, 2017
“Suspect in today’s fatal TXDPS trooper shooting in Freestone County has been captured in Waller County near Prairie View,” a statement by the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management said. “Excellent operation by numerous agencies to take this suspect into custody with no additional casualties.”
Suspect in today’s fatal TXDPS trooper shooting in Freestone County has been captured in Waller County near Prairie View. Excellent operation by numerous agencies to take this suspect into custody with no additional casualties. #wallercounty #txdps #freestonecounty
— Navarro County OEM (@NavarroOEM) November 24, 2017
Two hours before Black was captured he was involved in a gunfire exchange with a deputy in Waller County, according to CNN.
Photo of Trooper Damon Allen, 41, of Mexia. Father of 3. Husband.
Rest in peace, sir. pic.twitter.com/WOBzicOfMl
— Rusty Surette (@KBTXRusty) November 24, 2017
Texas DPS Trooper Damon Allen, your life mattered. We stand with those you left behind.? pic.twitter.com/PLph9rnpVD
— ju duke (@ju_duke1) November 24, 2017
Thoughts, prayers and condolences were shared by many for the father of three.
“Sad on Thanksgiving to lose one of our state troopers in the line of duty. Prayers for his family. Swift justice for his killer,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote on Twitter.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 24, 2017
“With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, Cecilia and I express our most sincere condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the trooper who was callously killed today in the line of duty. As law enforcement continues to search for the individual responsible for this heinous crime, I ask that all of Texas keep this trooper and his brothers and sisters in blue in their thoughts and prayers.
“The killer will face justice, and the State of Texas will continue to offer our unwavering support for the men and women in law enforcement who keep our communities safe,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in another statement given to the media.
Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also offered his prayers.
Prayers for the family and loved ones of the @TxDPS Trooper killed on duty today and for all our Troopers who are serving our state and seeking justice for the killer
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 24, 2017
Never easy losing a colleague, but even worse on a day like today. Prayers & thoughts are with @TxDPS & the family and friends of a trooper shot and killed today. May he RIP, his family comforted & his killer brought to justice without any other officer being injured or killed. https://t.co/1Qwm8Aqxp8
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) November 24, 2017
RIP Trooper Damon Allen prayers for his family and friends and for the state of Texas who lost a great State Trooper pic.twitter.com/02Caqulvn7
— Dawn Miles (@dawn8_dawn) November 24, 2017
“Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Damon Allen was a loving husband and father of three.”
— Texas DPS (@TxDPS) November 24, 2017
Rest in Peace Trooper Damon Allen. And prayers to his family and to all of the men and women of the @TxDPS Texas DPS. The suspect has been taken into custody. Growing up in Houston, this hits home. https://t.co/lb9I67oCCy
— James Casey (@Tpr_James_Casey) November 24, 2017
RIP, Texas Trooper Damon Allen, 15-year Trooper and father of 3. Thank you for giving your life to keep us safe. Godspeed. ? https://t.co/kn2J5FhoOT
— Therese Apel (@TRex21) November 24, 2017
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